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Lawmakers looking to repeal unattended vehicle law

DES MOINES — A century-old law in Iowa says law officers can ticket motorists for a $20 fine if they leave a vehicle unattended with its eng ... »

Farmer-legislator calls for stiffer farm theft penalties

DES MOINES — Iowa is widely known for its corn and hogs. Less well known is that livestock and farm commodities, most often at remote rural ... »

Lawmakers’ frustration over new prison problems growing

DES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers are expressing frustration at the lack of cooperation from state agencies in determining why new problems contin ... »

Senate panel approves speed limit increase

DES MOINES — Raising the speed limit to 75 mph on rural interstate highways in Iowa got the green light from a Senate subcommittee Wednesday ... »

Anti-bullying work starts anew

DES MOINES — State lawmakers once again are attempting to draft a law that would help Iowa’s schools deal with bullying.

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Gas tax may be debated Tuesday

DES MOINES — A proposal to raise Iowa’s gas tax by 10 cents a gallon may be debated in the Iowa Capitol on Tuesday.

The proposa ... »

Senators quiz administrative services director about prison delays

DES MOINES — The leader of the state agency overseeing a problem-plagued state prison construction project faced tough questions Monday abou ... »

Legislators push to keep mental health facilities open

DES MOINES — State lawmakers are trying to convince Gov. Terry Branstad to keep mental health institutes in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda open ... »

Iowa lawmakers impatient for answers to prison delay, rising cost

DES MOINES — Department of Administrative Services Director Janet Phipps was unable to provide many answers to lawmakers’ questions a ... »

Gas tax increase clears transportation committee

DES MOINES — A 10-cent increase of Iowa’s gas tax has received another round of approval from state lawmakers.

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Broadband industry likes Iowa incentives, would like more

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to “connect every acre” with broadband Internet access moved forward in the Hou ... »

Wage-related bills advance in state Senate

DES MOINES — Senate Democrats pushed ahead Wednesday on measures to raise Iowa’s minimum wage and to provide more protections for wor ... »

Committee approves salon tanning ban for Iowa minors

DES MOINES — A proposed ban on tanning by minors at commercial salons was approved Tuesday by a committee of Iowa lawmakers.

Iowans le ... »

Bill banning tanning bed use for minors passes to Iowa House

IOWA CITY — Corridor tanning salon employees have mixed reactions to a proposed bill that would make it illegal for Iowa teens to tan.

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Iowa considers ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving

DES MOINES — The phone rings in the car. The driver picks it up and answers the call.

In Iowa, that soon could be illegal.

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